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Diploma in Maritime Safety Policies and Regulations

Study key maritime safety legal policies by tutored distance learning

Starts 4 September 2019

Delivered by tutored distance learning


Course Director

Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi
Maîtrise, DEA, Doctorat
Legal Consultant and Independent Trainer

Dr Christodoulou-Varotsi is a legal and academic expert with an international educational and professional background specialised in international maritime and EU law and policies. Focus on shipping regulations, including industry best practice, from the standpoint of maritime safety, marine environment protection and maritime labour standards. Qualified lawyer since 1995. Highly experienced law drafter. Course Director and industry trainer with Lloyd's Maritime Academy for many years. Executive Advisor to OSCAR Pty Ltd (South Africa). Currently involved with consulting work, legal education and training.

She has been included in the Woman of Influence List 2019 of Maritime Economies magazine (Liberty Press).

Iliana’s areas of legal expertise and practice (Greek, Cypriot, English and French law) include:

  • international, EU and domestic maritime law and policies
  • safety of maritime transportation and protection of the marine environment (EU Directives and IMO instruments)
  • maritime employment including international maritime labour standards and ILO MLC 2006
    registration of vessels
  • marine insurance and carriage of goods by sea

In her capacity as a consultant, she has notably advised ship-owning interests and has drafted numerous ratification statutes for the harmonisation of a major maritime country with EU law as well as for the ratification of ILO MLC 2006. She has spent seven years as a Professor at the School of Business of DEREE - The American College of Greece, after having taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Panteion University of Athens.

She is a graduate (Maîtrise) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and a holder of a postgraduate degree (D.E.A.) in European and international law from the same University. She is also a Doctor of Laws with the highest distinction (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne). Her thesis addressed the adaptation of Greek and Cypriot maritime law to EC law (post-doctoral research experience, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law). She has published many books, including: Maritime Work Law Fundamentals: Responsible Shipowners, Reliable Seafarers with D. Pentsov (Springer/Germany) and Maritime Safety Law and Policies of the EU and the US: Antagonism or Synergy? (Springer/Germany).

E-learning is freedom in learning. Learners choose when and how. With Lloyd’s Maritime Academy they benefit from the highest standards of industry-driven maritime education. They have the chance to interact with peers from the industry and benefit from discreet guidance by highly experienced tutors. No classrooms, no travel, no unnecessary expenses... Just the essence of lifelong learning! I have been collaborating for many years as an industry trainer and consultant with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in regulatory compliance in shipping, and I strongly recommend the Academy to anyone striving for excellence in the flexible environment offered by e-learning.

Dr Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi


Course Authors

Dr. George Kiourktsoglou
Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich

Dr George Kiourktsoglou obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from the Aristotelian Technical University of Thessaloniki in Greece. As an intern, he worked for the Israeli Public Corporation of Electricity. Having concluded his military service he went to the USA to study Nuclear Engineering and Applied Physics at Cornell University. From the latter he graduated in 1996 with an M.Sc.. From 1996 till 2009 he worked for Royal Dutch Shell both in Greece and abroad, assuming various roles in Downstream Marketing, Strategy, Negotiations and eventually in Health, Safety, Environment and Security (H.S.S.E.). Sponsored by Shell Hellas, he graduated in 2006 from Alba in Athens with a Diploma in Management and two years later with an MBA in Shipping from the same college. His field of interest is Maritime Security with a special focus on “Piracy around thechni Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa”. George is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science Technology in London.

Paul Wright
Visiting Fellow, Plymouth University Marine Institute

Paul commenced his career in 1962 attending HMS 'Conway', Merchant Navy Training School. He was indentured to Alfred Holt and Co (the Blue Funnel Line) in 1966 and served with the company until 1979. He completed a degree in Maritime Commerce at the University of Wales in 1972, returned to sea and achieved a Certificate of Competency as Master Mariner in 1978. His final seagoing period was served as a deck officer on the 'Tokyo Bay' class of container-ships operated by Overseas Containers Limited. In 1979 he joined the School of Maritime Studies Plymouth as a Lecturer. For the first ten years he was involved in training cadet officers for UK premier shipping companies, including Shell, BP, P&O, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Blue Star Line. The economic depression of the 1980s saw a dramatic fall in demand for UK trained officers. The School of Maritime Studies, part of Plymouth Polytechnic responded by developing its marine and maritime degree and research portfolio. Following the demise of cadet and officer training, he transferred to the Centre for International Shipping and Logistics within the School. In 1992 the Polytechnic received its Charter as a University. He was appointed Leader of the Centre in 2000 which, during his tenure moved to the Plymouth Business School. In 2006, he was appointed as Associate Director (Marketing and Outreach) of the Plymouth University Marine Institute, a position he maintained until he retired from Plymouth University in July 2014. On retirement he was given the position as Visiting Fellow, Plymouth University Marine Institute

Agamemnon Apostolidis
Fleet Technical Manager

Agamemnon has accumulated twenty years of experience in the shipping industry as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with a world-wide working exposure.

His first employment was for a medium-size container line. After having completed seven years, he left the post of Liner Manager and Chairman of an International Joint Service between South America and the Mediterranean. His next appointment was for the German Classification Society Germanischer Lloyd. He was constantly involved – among others – with MARPOL VI and Ballast Water Management issues. In 2007 he was invited to work for Dubai Drydocks World, attaining a vast experience in ship repairs and exploring maintenance and ship building costs. In 2010 he moved again and spent five years in the technical office of a prominent Greek shipowner, whose modern fleet consisted of around one hundred tanker ships and bulk carriers. Spending almost half of each year in shipyards, ports or short voyages he was directly involved with PSC, USCG or AMSA inspections as well as MARPOL compliance alterations of existing ships. More recently, he joined a promising and innovative dry shipowner with offices in Singapore and Greece. From the position of Fleet Technical Manager, he is planning to drive his modern fleet and new buildings through the straits of upcoming environmental regulations and advanced shipbuilding standards.

Academically, he graduated from the Department of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers of the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), before obtaining a Masters Degree from Southampton University (UK) and completing a Summer course in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts, Massachusetts, USA) in energy. In 2012, he was awarded with a PhD from Piraeus University (Greece) for Econometric Models in Technical Ship Management.

Despite his demanding professional obligations, he is pursuing opportunities for research, publishing papers and public teaching. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the Yacht Club of Greece.